Emergency Warning Notification System: Purdue ALERT

Purdue is a large and complex institution, and people move about our campus freely. Despite advances in communication, there is no way to reach everyone instantly with a single message. However, the multi-layered approaches we have in place will help spread the word quickly, based on the circumstances.

The following communication methods make up the University's Emergency Communication Plan:

  • ALL-HAZARDS OUTDOOR EMERGENCY WARNING SIRENS: mean to immediately seek shelter (Shelter in Place) in a safe location within closest facility/building.
    • "Shelter in place" means seeking immediate shelter inside a building or University residence. This course of action may need to be taken during a tornado, active threat such as a shooting, or a major release of hazardous materials in the outside air.
  • BUILDING FIRE ALARMS (INDOORS):  mean to immediately evacuate the building and proceed to your Emergency Assembly Area.
    • Once you have followed the initial direction, use all communication means available to find out more details about emergency. You should remain in place until police, fire, or other emergency response personnel provide additional guidance or tell you it is safe to leave.
  • TEXT MESSAGING: Purdue University faculty, staff and students may sign up to receive an emergency notification text message. You can sign up via the Purdue website for the text system.
  • TWITTER: Use your Twitter app to push notifications from @purdueemergency to your smartphone.
  • DIGITAL SIGNS: Over 200 digital signs around campus will display the same Purdue ALERT message that the Purdue Police Department sends via text message to campus subscribers.
  • DESKTOP POPUP ALERT: Alert will be sent to the majority of University computers and display information on computers that are logged in.
  • ALERT BEACONS: Alert will be sent to the beacons that are installed in large classrooms. Beacons will alarm audibly for 10 seconds, flash and text alert will be available for 5 minutes.
  • EMAIL: An e-mail can be sent to all people with a purdue.edu address.
    • When Building Deputies receive an emergency notification they will forward an e-mail to others in the building or go to offices or rooms in person, if time permits and their safety is not in jeopardy. They also may post signs on doors or in hallways.
  • CAMPUS EMERGENCY STATUS WEBPAGE: The Campus Emergency Status page (www.purdue.edu/ea) is the focal point of the most complete information in all campus-related emergencies.
  • RESIDENCE HALLS: University Residences has procedures for alerting people in individual halls via their resident assistants, phones, and signage.
  • THE BOILER TELEVISION EMERGENCY ALERTING SYSTEM: The Boiler Television Emergency Alerting System will also broadcast emergency information.
  • MEDIA: The University works with the news media - radio, TV, newspapers, and Internet to help spread the word.